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Hundreds attend July Hispanic young adults congress in Renton
the Inland Register
(From the September 20, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)
A congress focused on ministry to Hispanic young adults was held in July in Renton, Wash. (IR photo courtesy of Father Alex Zepeda)
A congress specifically for Hispanic young adults was held July 27-29 in Renton, Wash. The Spokane Diocese helped support the congress financially.
According to Father Alex Zepeda, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Othello, it had become clear through regional meetings that although there was ministry in place for Hispanic youth, there was not as much emphasis on ministry for the years after high school.
With support from the dioceses of the region, the congress took shape with the theme “Arraigados y Edificados en Cristo: Firmes en la Fe” (Col 2:7) (“Rooted and edified in Christ: Strong in the Faith”).
One emphasis of the congress was the message that young adults are not alone in their faith, that the Church cares about them and loves them. They also have mutual support of others in the same stage of life’s journey.
Everyone gathered for general sessions, but smaller gatherings were also available for individual talks by speakers.
Those speakers included Vicente Leal; Franciscan Sister Guadalupe Medina, Carlos Carrillo, Edwin Ferrera, Isaac Govea, and Fathers Jaime Chacón and Gustavo Gómez.
Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle, was in attendance for most of the Congress and presided at the final Mass.
Assisting with spiritual and liturgical areas were Fathers Zepeda and Miguel Mejia of the Spokane Diocese.
Nearly 300 people participated, including two teams who helped facilitate the weekend. Participants came from the Portland and Seattle archdioceses as well as the Yakima, Boise, and Spokane dioceses.
Twelve individuals took part from two Spokane Diocese parishes: St. Patrick in Pasco and Sacred Heart, Othello.